Ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has given his opinion on the race for the next Ballon d’Or.
The usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both tied at 5 awards each rekindled their rivalry this season despite the Portuguese moving to the Serie A.
Both legendary figures have been at their superb best, however, the Argentine ace seems to be edging it having scored a staggering 43 goals so far this campaign.
And Mourinho in a quote cited on CalcioMercato is tipping the Barca star to land the sixth Ballon d’Or especially if he ends up guiding the Spanish champions to European glory and a possible treble.
“Messi is experiencing a fantastic season. Now that Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus has been eliminated from the Champions, the Golden Ball is waiting only for the Argentine”.
‘When Messi has the ball one on one, you are dead’The Barcelona manager believes the Argentinean superstar is focused more on delivering results for the team than in personal objectives.
Jose Mourinho says teams need to ‘cage’ Barcelona star
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Messi inspired this side to a 3 – 0 victory over Manchester United, scoring 2 goals, while Ronaldo’s goal couldn’t prevent his side’s elimination from the Champions League to the hands of Ajax.
The 2018 award went to Luca Modric, for this displays in the Champions League and in the World Cup with Croatia, in which his side lost to France in the final. The first time a player had won the award outside of the Messi and Ronaldo since 2007, when AC Milan’s Kaka lifted the award.